I have a 2000 Lincoln Continental (with 4.6L engine and AX4N transaxle, of course) that i have started prepping for an engine swap. The factory service manual (Thank you, Town, for posting that in my earlier thread at http://www.lincolnforums.com/forums...ontinental-head-engine-removal-FSM-directions) shows the engine being lifted for removal (an "up" arrow in the picture for the "Remove engine assembly" step - which is step #64). It is clear from the manual that the removal is for the engine only, as step #63 is "Separate the engine from the transaxle" AND the picture (step #64) shows only the engine hanging from the lift. That being the case, 1) why does the manual say to disassemble practically the entire front suspension, and 2) why does the manual say to remove the subframe? Both of these things makes it seem that the engine must be dropped out, rather than lifted out. As I am doing this in my driveway (ugh! and GRRRR!) I would much rather lift the engine out than drop it. Perhaps even more important, if it can be lifted out then the front suspension would not have to be taken apart, and the subframe could be left in place, too, and both of those things would add substantial time and labor. I have read online that it has to come out the bottom, but it seems that there is room for it to come out the top - a little close to the firewall, but i think it would work. Anyone with experience having done this? And if so, which way does it come out? Thanks in advance!
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